ANDHRA PRADESH

MBT chief Amanullah Khan dead

HYDERABAD Nov. 10. Former MLA and MBT president, Mohd. Amanullah Khan, passed away here in the early hours of Sunday following a heart attack. He was 63. He is survived by wife, five sons and two daughters.

Amanullah Khan, who represented the Chandrayangutta Assembly seat for two decades, breathed his last around 4.07 a.m. He had got up to do "Sahar'' for observing fast when he complained of uneasiness in the chest. By the time his doctor son, Khayam Khan, rushed he died. Another son of the MBT leader, Amjadullah Khan, a corporator, was beside him when the end came.

As news of the MBT leader's death spread, `Darul Aman', residence of Amanullah Khan in Chanchalguda, became a beehive of activity. People from all over Chanchalguda and distant places started pouring in to pay homage. Black flags were hoisted at traffic intersections from Nalgonda Chowrasta.

Amanullah Khan's body was shifted to the madrasa attached to the nearby Masjid-e-Munawaria to enable people to have a glimpse. A continuous stream of people from all walks of life filed passed the body.

Even burqa-clad women turned up to have a look at the mortal remains of the leader. Governor, C. Rangarajan, and Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, visited the MBT leader's residence in the afternoon and consoled the family members. Ministers N. Mohd Farooq and T. Srinivas Yadav, Lal Jan Basha, MP, Majlis MLA, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan, Wakf Board Chairman, Mohd. Saleem, Mayor, T. Krishna Reddy, former MLAs, Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Masqati and Ramaswamy, also paid their respects.

The funeral will take place on Monday as Amanullah Khan's two daughters, who are in the US and Kuwait, are expected to arrive tomorrow. The Shahi Imam of Delhi, Maulana Bukhari, is also expected to attend the funeral. According to Mr. Amjadullah Khan, the body will be taken out in a procession to the Mecca Masjid where the `Namaz-e-Janaza' will be offered after the "Zohar'' prayers in the afternoon. The burial will take place at the Chanchalguda graveyard.

A firebrand leader, Amanullah Khan joined the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen in 1960. He contested from the Chandrayangutta Assembly segment for the first time in 1978 and won against the Congress nominee, K. Baliah. From then onwards there was no looking back. Amanullah Khan retained the seat continuously for five terms. His winning spree was broken in 1999 when Akbaruddin Owaisi of the Majlis trounced him.

Amanullah Khan, who was a trusted lieutenant of the Majlis supremo, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, parted ways in 1993 protesting against lack of internal democracy in the party. Subsequently, he formed the Majlis Bachao Tehreek (Save Majlis Movement). Later, he launched a campaign against his bete noire over the Babri Masjid demolition.

The Governor, C. Rangarajan, expressed shock at the demise of the former MLA and MBT president, Amanullah Khan. In a message, he said that in the death of Khan, the State and the City had lost a senior political leader who was deeply committed to improving the life of people.

In a separate message, PCC president, M. Satyanarayan Rao, expressed grief over the death of Amanullah Khan. He recalled the services of Khan as a legislator and said he strove hard to uphold secularism and communal harmony.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, Bandaru Dattatreya, expressed sorrow and grief over the demise of Amanullah Khan.

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